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Ge­orge Canyon to per­form in Truro dur­ing Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Week

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­

Ge­orge Canyon is in town next month as part of Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Week, play­ing at Truro le­gion – and that puts a smile on his face.

As a sup­porter of Canada’s armed forces, Ge­orge Canyon was thrilled to learn he would be per­form­ing at Truro’s Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

“That put a grin on my face,” he said. “I feel it’s a big hon­our to be play­ing there.

“A lot of le­gions are clos­ing and it’s im­por­tant to pro­mote them.”

Canyon will be per­form­ing in Truro, as part of his Made in Canada Tour, dur­ing Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Week.

“It worked out per­fectly,” he said. “It’s been a while since I’ve played in the area, so get­ting to come home and start the tour, play­ing in Pic­tou (at the de­coste Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre) and then Truro, is great.”

Canyon grew up in Hopewell, Pic­tou County, and cur­rently lives south of Cal­gary.

As well as record­ing al­bums, tour­ing, act­ing and serv­ing as the of­fi­cial an­them singer for the Cal­gary Flames.

Canyon, who was born Fred­er­ick Ge­orge Lays, changed his name to avoid any pos­si­ble le­gal is­sues with the Lay’s snack com­pany.

“Canyon was just a strong kind of coun­try name,” he said.

He shot to fame in 2004, when he was the run­ner-up on Nashville Star – an Amer­i­can re­al­ity tele­vi­sion singing com­pe­ti­tion. Since, he has per­formed around the world and won many mu­sic awards. He has recorded 12 al­bums, and acted in tele­vi­sion and film, and on stage.

“I fell into act­ing,” he said. “I was on the Trailer Park Boys, and that led into Heart­land and movies.

“I had a cameo in Grease: The Mu­si­cal this year, and that was a new ex­pe­ri­ence. It was ter­ri­fy­ing the first night, but it was amaz­ing.”

Canyon is pro­mot­ing his lat­est record and work­ing on a new one, which will be out next year.

Dur­ing his trip to Nova Sco­tia, he’ll have the op­por­tu­nity to spend some time with his son, who is study­ing busi­ness at St. Fran­cis Xavier Uni­ver­sity in Antigo­nish.

He also has a daugh­ter, who grad­u­ated from school this year and is con­sid­er­ing ca­reer path.

“Never, in a mil­lion years, would I have dreamed I’d be do­ing the things I’m do­ing to­day – and I dream a lot,” he said. “The good Lord has taken me places and shown me things that are amaz­ing, and I’m very grate­ful.”

His Truro show takes place at the le­gion on Nov. 2, at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Ad­vance tick­ets are no longer avail­able, but en­try will be by pay at the door, sub­ject to ca­pac­ity.


Ge­orge Canyon will be per­form­ing in Truro dur­ing Nova Sco­tia Mu­sic Week, as part of his Made in Canada Tour. He’ll be on stage at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion on No­vem­ber 2.

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